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we are taking a look at rescue operations in yamamoto town in miyagi prefecture. you can see people on the roof. they are being lifted by probably a helicopter up there. the rescue operations are being carried out. these are the self-defense forces of japan rescuing them. you can see people being lifted off the rooftop. we are still seeing the pictures of yamamoto town in miyagi prefecture which saw tsunami waves of about four meters high. and we say four meters but that's the data that we've got. and not considering the fact that no more data has been sent about the height of the tsunamis that could even be much higher than the recorded four-meter height in miyagi prefecture. there's a wide area shot of yamamoto city in miyagi prefecture. people being lifted in helicopters. there's more. we have more footages of rikuzentakata in iwata prefecture. you can see a rescue operation. they are forcing people off the rooftops. they are leaving behind ruins. the devastation of the massive earthquake and tsunami that followed in iwata prefecture. there are more people under the helicopter. t
for japan's pacific coast. but as you can see, live coverage of miyagi prefecture area. tsunami waves of over four meters were observed soon after the quake. the agency is warning that tsunami could reach between 6 and 10 meters. tsunamis come in several waves. for those of you who are listening to this program, if you're along the coast, please do stay away, and move to higher ground immediately. you're seeing live coverage of miyagi prefecture in the sendai area. the quake, 8.4, from 7.9. one of the worst earthquakes ever in japanese history. it's a 7 on the japanese seismic scale of 0 to 7. that is the same size earthquake as the one that hit the great honshu area in 1995. fires breaking out as you can see. live coverage -- >> welcome back, everyone. lynn berry here in new york. if you're just tuning on the east coast, 4:00 a.m., 4:00 p.m. local time in tokyo, japan, where we are bringing you breaking news. you're seeing dramatic pictures of cars, houses, farms, being swept away as a result of a massive tsunami wave that struck a coastal town about two and a half hours north of tok
>>> you are watching nhk world news line. we begin with encouraging news of the rescue in miyagi prefecture. self defense forces say they found a young man eight days after the earthquake hit central japan. rescuers found the man in the collapsed house on saturday morning. he was immediately taken to a hospital. the self-defense forces say a young man has been rescued in miyagi prefecture eight days after the earthquake hit. the man was found in a collapsed house on saturday morning. he was immediately taken to a hospital. our best wishes for his recovery. >>> at the troubled in fukushima , the fight continues to fight the radiation hazard. it will resume the operation in the afternoon. tokyo electric power company is making efforts to restore power to the cooling system. the tokyo fire department began spraying water into the storage pool into the number three reactor building early on saturday morning. it suspended the operation after spraying water for 20 minutes to connect electricity cables. five fire engines and 13 firefighters were the at site. one truck has a 22 meter d
. in the three worst hit prefectures, miyagi, iwate and fukushima, which bore the brunt of the tsunami there are more than 1400 shelters, housing 180,000 people. there is growing concern for the health of people in these areas. meanwhile three aftershocks with intensities of 5.0 plus on the japanese scale of seven rocked fukushima prefecture wednesday. the meteorological agency says aftershocks with intensities of 4.0 or more have been registered more than 70 times since the march 11th quake. the agency warns the more aftershocks of up to 6.0 plus are possible. >>> video footage of a tsunami taken from a helicopter over miyagi prefecture shows a series of huge waves surging toward the shore. the footage was taken about half an hour after the quake on march 11th. the helicopter flew from north to south along the pacific coast, covering the region from sendai city, miyagi prefecture to iwaki city, fukushima prefecture. it shows a wall of water uprooting trees before engulfing houses and paddy fields and swallowing up huge quantities of sand. the footage also shows footage fleeing to the
. police in miyagi prefecture says a number of people are missing. tsunami waves swept through coastal areas inland. many building and cars have left -- been left submerged. prefecture police say at least eight people have now been confirmed dead in four prefectures in northern japan. prefectural police say at least eight people have been confirmed dead in four prefectures in northern japan. in the northeastern prefecture of fukashima says a welfare facility collapsed. several people are dead and missing. we are feeling the aftershocks of the quake in the studio as we speak. in miyagi prefecture police say one person has been confirmed dead after being struck by a falling object. we are feeling the aftershock of the earthquake in the studio as we speak. there you can see, that's a live shot of one of our live inside the studio. we are feeling the aftershocks of the large earthquake that happened about two hours -- over two hours and 30 minutes. one person has been confirmed dead after their car was swept away by a tidal wave in ibaraki and tochigi prefectures. tokyo, two people are con
a diez mil. >> aún no están excluidos los habitantes de miyagi, que son diez mil. >> hablando sobre lo que pasó en miyagi, recorrimos la ciudad y el susto de esta mañana. >> cuando suena la alarma, todo el mundo corre. >> un hombre nos grita, corran y salven la vida. >> todo el mundo corre. >> algo normal cuando se ve lo que causo el más reciente. >> este era el pueblo, sólo es escombro ahora. >> Él es un funcionario de una oficina cerca del agua. >> la gente salío corriendo, creo que muchos murieron. >> 40 sobrevivientes fueron encontrados el domingo en la mañana. >> es una carrera contra reloj. >> se encontro a un hombre cerca de la costa, su vivienda fue arrancada, él conto la historia cuando el mar arrastro a su esposa. >> el banco de japón inyecto dinero a su bolsa, algo más de 85 mil millones de dólares . >> el indice bajaba el cinco por ciento. >> dos de las 18 embarcaciones que se hundieron en santa cruz, se recuperaron . >> ningún barco saldra del puerto hasta que las autoridades den el permiso necesario. >> nos vamos. >> al regresar... . >> se arresta a una mujer
in miyagi prefecture in the sendai area where some of the homes and farms have been flooded when the tsunami went upstream a river. according to the transport ministry, the international airport has reopened two of its four runways. international airport has reopened two of its four runways. they had earlier closed all. they have reopened two of its four runways. the japan road traffic information center, japan road information center, and police say express ways around tokyo and northeastern japan have been closed. the japan road traffic information center and police say expressways around tokyo and northeastern japan have been closed. according to toshiba elevator, it assumes that most elevators came to a halt in the region affected by the disaster. according to toshiba elevator it assumes most elevators came to a halt in the region effected by the disaster. at the moment the company has been collecting information about mechanical troubles. the industry ministers nuclear and industrial safety agency has put in place an emergency center for the earthquake. it will collect information conce
near the epicenter in miyagi prefecture. since i last spoke to you, we still don't know the extent of damage in miyagi, but here in tokyo, there have been reports, ten different locations where people have been either tripped or fell and have been taken to the hospital in an ambulance. >> that's as a result of some of the running out of buildings, things like that? >> i think so, right. exactly. >> you actually were one of those people who had to be evacuated out of the building. describe the scene for us, when this struck. you had about 30 seconds from when you got the first notice that this was coming. >> well, this time -- we have an advance warning system, where the meteorology picks up the epicent epicenter. the secondary wave, that's usually what we define as earthquakes. the farther away you are for the primary tremor, it gives you that much time to give out warnings. that's what we got in tokyo. we were watching the parliamentary session. we must have had a good 30 seconds before the earthquake actually hit here. so as i look down the elevator hall, people are already lined
, and this image captures how the tides have reached inland. aomori, iwate, miyagi, and fukushima, these four prefectures, seven times the area encircled by the yamanata line in tokyo have been inundated. according to the geographic survey institute, a quarter remains -- resides within the city center. 63% of the city area miyagi prefecture have been inundated and otsushi. miyagi prefecture, roughly 46% of the town area have been inundated. in the devastated area they are speeding ahead with measures in order to build prefabricated homes and also to restore urban infrastructure. however, there are major obstacles in the way. the research institute have stepped into kesennuma city of miyagi prefecture that have suffered devastating damages. along the kesennuma port, along 2.5 meters from the map there is a tank that had been toppled. this contains heavy fuel. the heavy fuel may have spilled over into the town area and could have been the source of widespread fires. at 500 meters from the coast there is a 330-ton large vessel that has been washed to this distance. this is a witness. he says tha
. this is northeast of the country on the island, the major island in japan. it is part of the miyagi province. this is where the devastation has taken place. and as you can see, this is the aftermath of that massive wave. you are looking at ships. you are looking at trucks. you're looking at cars. this wall of water has just gone through all these buildings and we don't know how many people are inside. we don't know whether these people are able to get away. whether they're able to take cover. we've seen the pictures. this waffle water went straight through. and has hit sendai. let's have a listen. >> japan's meteorological agency says it measured 8.4. the agency has issued a tsunami warning for the japanese pacific coast. you're seeing a fire completely raging out of control. this is live coverage of an oil refinery in chiba prefecture. ichihara area. the fire completely going out of control. you can see firefighters trying to water down just the surrounding areas. probably as far as they can get close to that fire that looks like bigger than some of the surrounding buildings, completely rag
. >> and this occurred in the northeastern part of japan, in the miyagi province. tell folks about that area a little bit and why it's economically important. and how many folks, roughly, are in that area of the country. >> reporter: in the entire prefecture, there's more than 2 million people that live there. you can tell from the images where the tsunami waves came in. it's a pretty rural area. there's been a lot of homes that have been washed away. agriculture, certainly a concern, with the economy, going to be very hard-hit. and sendai is a major city in japan. so, you can imagine an earthquake this size hits the area. they will definitely feel the effects in the local economy. >> and talking about tokyo, which, of course, is so densely populated. you are still there working. you're on the sixth floor of your building. when you look at other buildings in tokyo, we heard that people just ran out, mass exodus, from their building. what has been the scene in tokyo? >> reporter: we're actually on the seventh floor. so, quite a lot of shaking. our office faces a park. we didn't see people running out of b
in the three worst hit prefectures, miyagi, iwate and fukushima fukushima about their patients' conditions. we learned 56 people have died because they were unable to receive necessary treatment. at many hospitals, medical equipment was destroyed by the quake and cannot be used because of power outages. there's also a shortage of medicine and deliveries have been slow. >>> work to distribute aid and recover the bodies of the victims continues in areas devastated by the quake and tsunami but such efforts are yet to rooch remote areas located far from the centers. we visited one such place in iwate prefecture. >>> translator: this is four kilometers from the center of kanashi city. people are living in a small community in the mountains. authorities still do not know about the existence of such people and aid has been very slow in reaching them. the sdf has only delivered to them very small amounts of food. this woman says she has picked up what she found among the debris. they are trying to supplement their supplies with food they have found among the debris. in order to survive the cold, they
,000 bodies at northern japan's miyagi prefecture which was the hardest hit during friday's massive earthquake and tsunami. those bodies tragically add to the official death toll of more than 1600 and all-out search for survivors is still under way. well, cnn's stan grant is in tokyo following the latest developments at the two nuclear power plants that were damaged by the earthquake and tsunami and he joins us now. of course, we mention those two emergencies, want to go first to the fukushima plant because that's where, of course, we've been reporting this hydrogen blast. what information have you been able to pull together on this? >> reporter: yeah, hydrogen blast very much a carbon copy of what happened in the number one reactor at daiichi just the other day. this was fully expected. they've warned of this as the pressure has built in an effort to try to cool the reactor it has increased the prose pect of a buildup of hydrogen and explosion and that's what happened. as has happened in the number one reactor, the officials here have been at pains to make clear that it is not the reactor its
japan. the agency has been warning the tsunami everness is the quake. and a tsunami has hit the miyagi area as our camera crew are up covering and showing you exactly what is going on. the deputy chief cabinet secretary told reporters on friday that the governor of miyagi prefecture where it has hit hardest has asked the government to send self-defense force units to deal with the situation. the defense ministry official say south defense force personnel are currently contacting local governments and related agency to assess the extent of the damage. earlier prime minister kan and his cabinet have gathered at the prime minister's office where an emergency task force has been set up to respond to the earthquake. the task force will gather information on damage and prepare for more possible tsunamis. japan's prime minister has ordered officials to start preparing for foreign assistance. he has also told them to check on the safety of foreigners living here in japan. the pacific tsunami warning center has issued a tsunami wang, not just for japan but also for russia, mar ques island, game
de iwate y miyagi, a unos 300 kilmetros de la capital. ---ademas, genero un tsunami con olas de hasta seis metros de altura ! -----al menos 102 personas resultaron heridas, seis de ellas de gravedad. -----el temblor se ha sentido hasta en el centro de tokio, donde se han tambaleado algunos edificios. ----segn estas informaciones , 49 personas resultaron heridas en los deslizamiento s de tierra en la prefectura de iwate y otros 19 en la de miyagi --incluyendo una mujer de 65 aÑos que sufri leves quemaduras. ---- en total, cerca de 38 mil hogares se quedaron sin luz en toda la regin. cu ----comenzo como un viaje estudiantil y pudo terminar en tragedia. ----- un joven de preparatoria salt del puente golden gate esta maÑana y milagrosamente salio ileso. take vo ----es un estudiante de la prepa windsor, de santa rosa. ---- 45 compaÑeros estaban con el alrededor de las 11 de hoy, y segun fuentes, aplaudieron la peligrosa "hazaña"- si se le puede decir asi ....y fueron unos surfistas los que lo rescataron. ---- al ser examinado por medicos, se determin que no habia sufrido heridas graves
around the country. in the three worst hit prefectures, miyagi, i wait and fukushima, there are 1,000 shelters housing 190,000 people, many evacuees are suffering from shortages of food, water and essentials. on wednesday morning, temperatures in some of the devastated areas plunged to zero degrees celsius. >>> words of encouragement from u.s. secretary of state hillary clinton. she says she is certain that japan will overcome its difficulties and make a comeback. >> it's been inspiring to see how the japanese people have responded under the most difficult of historic experiences. i have an absolute conviction that japan will come back even stronger for the future. >> reporter: clinton spoke to nhk after visiting the japanese embassy on tuesday in washington. signing a condolence book, clinton wrote one thing that signs through is the resilient spirit of the japanese which is an inspiration to all americans. they are advising americans within 80 kilometers to evacuate the area. this is stricter than the japanese advisory. a discrepa that clinton played down. >> we may have slightl
earthquakes and tsunamis. >>> the magnitude of the destruction in japan is slowly becoming apparent. miyagi, a coastal province near the epicenter, is one of the hardest hit areas. officials estimate 10,000 people were killed in miyagi alone. towns along the coast were obliterated by a 30 foot wave that went miles inland. many bodies were washed out to sea and likely will never be recovered. >>> the quake and tsunami essentially wiped off some towns from the map. natori, once home to over 70,000 people, a thriving farming town, now it no longer exists. ben tracy is there. >> reporter: more than three days after the earthquake hit and tsunami roared through natori, the homes are still smoldering, and this is all left of this town once home to farmers. now it's basically deserted. emergency vehicles are the only traffic on the roads and this man is one of the only people left in town. everyone else is gone because so are their homes. this used to be a neighborhood. now it is simply a debris field. >> reporter: these were houses. now they're all gone. >> nothing. >> reporter: our driver used t
. in miyagi prefecture, 1,860 deaths has been confirmed and 2 -- 200,011 people remain missing. await prefecture has 3,318 missing. fukushima prefecture has confirmed 509 deaths. over 440,000 people are in about 200400 health shelters. some of the shelters lack food, water and essential supplies such as fuel. relief efforts are hampered by fuel shortage for trucks and ambulances. snow is also falling. the meteorological agency warns the cold weather poses a health risk for the evacuees. the agency says strong aftershocks are likely to continue. it says near the epicenter the intensity could reach six minus to six plus on the japanese scale of zero to seven. now we have reports from miyagi prefecture that suffered extensive damage from the earthquake and tsunami. many people continue to search for their family members and loved ones. they are supporting each other in this time of great despair. >> reporter: this is the iwate prefecture after the earthquake and tsunami, a great fire broke out and the center part of the city was devastated. in the city office, an emergency telephone line
and missing from friday's massive quake and tsunami in northeastern japan which has exceeded 13,400. in miyagi prefecture, 244 deaths have been confirmed. -- fukushima prefecture has confirmed 533 deaths and nearly 3,000 are missing. more than 336,000 people are in over 2,300 shelter unless the devastated prefectures. some of the shelters lack food and water and other essential supplies. relief efforts are hampered by a shortage of fuel for trucks and ambulances. on thursday morning, temperatures in some of the affected areas plunged below zero degrees celsius and snow has fallen there. fukushima prefecture says 14 hospital patients have died after evacuating to an emergency shelter. two reportedly died on a bus that was taken them to a high school for shelter on monday. 12 died after arriving there. most of the patients were elderly and some were bedridden. the school principal says there are four medical staffers at the shelter but they have only minimum medical equipment. >>> nhk world has a report from miyagi prefecture, one of the hardest hit areas. the recent cold weather is making it mo
the governor of miyagi prefecture, the hard-hit province that he thinks it could go as high as 10,000, this death toll. but he is just making an estimate. that's all anybody can do at this point until all these areas have been cleaned and until all these areas have actually been accessed. and it is by helicopter that the rescue teams are having to do much of this area. andrew? >> and so much of this region is still without power, and still struggling to find food and fresh water for the survivors there. what is the situation like on that front where you are, paula? >> it's pretty bad. even the people who haven't been affected directly by the earthquake or by the tsunami, their house is still standing, there is no water around them. but now they're finding it very difficult to get the basic supplies. there are very, very long queues for fuel. we saw people lining up last night until 8:00 this morning to get the gasoline there is no water we can find. in sendai, i'm guessing is the same. we passed a supermarket that had a tremendously long queue there must have been about a thousand
prefectura de miyagi, todos comparten un hecho, el tsunami que afecto sus vidas. lo perdi todo, el tsunami inundo y perdi mi cas y mi coche. reaccionamos demasiado tarde, se llevo a mi esposa. todabia se trabaja para reunir a las familias. en esta oficina municipal se reoprtan los muertos mas de 16500 desaparecidos. a pesar de las circunstancias, podemos encontrar sanas dosis de alegria y sentido humano pablo herrera, japon. en noticias univision 14, ya volvemos los niños que faltan a clases por bulling tendrán mas ayuda. --se acerca la fecha limite para presentar la declaracion --se acerca la fecha limite para presentar la declaracion de se acerca la fecha limite para la declaracion de impuestos, hablamos con los expertos. ya solo quedan 3 semanas para entregar los impuestos. este año es el 18 de abril en vez del 15 de abril, feriado, entonces es el lunes 18 muchos contribuyentes prefieren hacerlo de manera electronica es mas rapido y facil, es mejor, uno ve el dinero mas rapido. además el irs ofrece ayuda en español. si la persona gano 58 mil dolares, pueden hacerlo completamente gr
has been reported. miyagi has been hit. many people are missward a tsunami up to 7 meters tall swept through low coastal-lying areas. the airport is also submerged. people are stranded on top of buildings and freeways are closed. an nhk live camera captured a port flooded in seawater. cars and trucks were floating amid the debris. an nhk helicopter has captured images of an oil refinery on fire. akorgd to the nuclear power security agency, the five nuclear power plants in northeastern japan got shut down. there's no reports of radioactive leaks and as of 6:00 p.m., japanese time, at least 18 people are confirmed dead. >> we've just been watching the public broadcast of nhk. they bring us the very latest from the 8.9 magnitude earthquake that struck japan. it has now gone at 6:00 p.m. in japan. it was the tsunami, the messy wave that hit the northeast of the country that caused that massive devastation that we have witnessed, those pictures of that wall of water just going straight through these cities, these townships, taking cars and trucks and everything in its wake. so that is whe
in the miyagi prefecture, 2,000 bodies on monday. the official death toll, 1600 as of a few hours ago, it's not been officially raised yet. 2,000 bodies found in miyagi, the same prefecture a police official was quoted by nfc yesterday as saying that the death toll could rise into the tens of thousands. as of monday, they found 2,000 bodies in this prefecture and the day is not even half over. obviously, a very disturbing announcement that has just been made and probably the first of many like it in the days ahead. paula hancocks has been here. she got into sendai about 24 hours after the earthquake and tsunami hit. she joins us now on the phone. you've been on the ground for two days, in terms of the recovery rescue effort, how ramped up is it now compared to what it was even yesterday. >> reporter: we're certainly seeing more military trucks on the roads and assume they're carrying aid and helicopters in the air. the fishing town of 18,000, which has been completely wiped out. there were fears that thousands have died there. there weren't a huge amount of rescue teams. there were some,
,000 bodies have reportedly just been found in miyagi prefecture and we've also heard reports that half a town, some 10,000 people, are still unaccounted for. let's talk to anna coren traveling along the coast of the northern coast of japan. back in sendai. what have you been seeing so far today? >> reporter: we're in a city an hour northeast of sendai. we were here yesterday. spent much of yesterday here with a police team, a military team that was going from house to house and looking for any survivors. if you can see around me this suburb is absolutely obliterated. every single house is damaged. most are completely destroyed. there is just debris strewn everywhere. about an hour and a half ago there was a tsunami warning issued afternoon there were police cars and sirens going off. police returned to the suburbs to go through their homes and when the police came through and with loud speakers saying get out, tsunami, move to higher ground, people jumped in their cars and just drove away. it was a real scene of panic for a good half hour and we followed some people to higher ground. these ar
at these pictures. they were taken in the miyagi prefecture. that's one of the hardest hit areas of japan. the number of people known to have died there as a result of friday's disaster, that continues to rise. japan's national police agency now puts it officially at 5,429 people but there are more than 9,500 still missing today. >> for days now we've been bringing you horrific images of the damage caused by the earthquake and tsunami but the pictures you're about to see almost defy belief. alex thompson reached a devastated coastal town whose residents paid a heavy price for putting trust in their seawall. >> reporter: army aid convoys heading east over the central mountains into the quake zone this morning. several japanese have asked me what have we done to deserve an historically powerful earthquake. this vast tsunami damage and now the blizzards. with officials here now saying more than 4,000 people are confirmed dead we've come to the east coast to see how far search and rescue for bodies has gone in this vast area of damage. our drain just can't believe what he's seeing. he was las
. >> tan sólo en miyagi, la policía encontro entre 300 y 400 persona smuertas. >> a nivel local la alerta se anuncio este día viernes . >> uno de los puntos más vigilados fue acá en san francisco . >> buenas tardes beatriz ferrari . >> buenas tardes, ahora estamos donde las olas no fueron una complicacion, pero si donde hubieron muchos daños fue en el condado de santa cruz, esto también en el condado de san mateo . >> el gobernador jerry brown declaró estado de emergencia. >> mire el bote que quedo enganchado. >> las autoridades intentaban tomar control de las embarcaciones que navegaban a la deriva . >> nunca había visto algo así acá, las embarcaciones estaban chocando una contra otra. >> las autoridades informaron que a pesar de las ordenes de evacuacion, las personas se quedaron por curiosidad. >> este hombre no obedecio y fue en busca de su bote. >> esta mujer dijo que se había preocupado mucho por la alerta. >> deje en la casa a mi perrito. >> veo que esta bien ventoso, como que las olas están bien fuertes. >> las aguas se retiraban y volvian con más fuerzas, pero no caus
tan solo en la regÓn de miyagi, la más devastada, esa cifra superara las 10-mil victimas.--en los albergues ya hay unas 450-mil personas y millones más enfrentan las nevadas del Élido invierno sin electricidad para calentar sus casas con poca comida y agua.--a cinco Ías del desastre, siguen ocurriendo los milagrosos rescates. hoy se encontraron dos sobrevivientes que estaban flotando en casas distintas que fueron arrancadas de sus cimientos por el maremoto. ---la crisis en los reactores nucleares de la planta "dai-ichi" en la prefectura de "fukushima" contiÚa igual de cÍtica en estos momentos debido a un incendio en una de las vasijas de contencÓn. ---por ahora no se conoce si las llamas provocaron una fuga de material radioactivo, pero Í se detectaron altos niveles de radiacÓn debido a un incendio ocurrido ayer en el sistema que controal la presÓn de los reactores. ---sin tratar de causar Á nico, las autoridades le han pedido a unos 140-mil residentes que viven cerca de la central nuclear que se encierren en sus hogares, y sellen puertas y ventanas. ---tambÉn se han de
near the coast, near miyagi. the weather agency saying that it struck around 2:46 their time, on friday, about 80 miles off that eastern coast. so far, we are not receiving any word as far as any injuries. but we are hearing that after it hit, tokyo shook for at least a few minutes and people could be seen running into the streets. that tsunami warning going into effect after the quake hit. a massive earthquake, 7.9, tokyo. no stranger to earthquakes. they had several in the past few days. we did have pictures earlier, where you could see smoke rising from the capitol and tv reports are also say that this smoke can be seen and that people were seen running into the streets. we are efforting more on this to try to -- try to bring you more as it becomes available. you can see a little bit right there. those pictures look like cars in the water. again, no reports yet of any injuries. but as you are looking at all of these cars in the water, you can only imagine that people were inside those cars. gosh, it must have been quite a strug toll get out of the cars to try to get to safety. this i
are now back to normal. >>> the u.s. ambassador to japan visited an evacuation center in miyagi prefecture, the hardest hit by the quake and tsunami. it's believed miyagi alone lost 15,000 people. >>> nbc's lee cowan has the latest now from the region. he's in seoul, south korea. lee, good day to you. >> reporter: hey, contessa. yeah, every day, as we've been talking about all week, the death toll seems to climb here. we're now up to nearly 9,700 people that are confirmed dead, nearly 17,000 missing. some 250,000 people remain homeless and another 300,000 are still living in shelters. some pretty grim numbers. as you said, one of the hardest hit areas is miyagi and that's where the u.s. ambassador to japan took a quick tour of one of the shelters today. here's how he described what he saw. >> the best of humanity, the thoughts and prayers of my country, the united states, are with you. >> reporter: meanwhile, some 600 military families have evacuated japan, contessa, on three different charter flights. there may be more to come. and we have gotten some of the first pictures of inside the p
miyagi prefecture in northern japan. that's close to the epicenter of friday's earthquake. in sendai cars and debris litter the street and no wonder that kyung lah can't get to the area. making her way through is so difficult with everything that is going on. soldiers have been called in across the area to help evacuate residents whose homes and livelihoods have been just decimated. let's take a look at what's going on right now in japan and what the next few hours will hold after scenes like this yesterday. no surprise that japan's kyodo news is reporting that at least 433 people are confirmed dead and a further 784 are missing, but it is worth emphasizing that this is still an early estimate and the agency earlier said the death toll was likely to exceed 1,000. licksy is likely to be in scarce supply across japan, not just in quake ex-hit areas. tetco considering of suspending power on a turn by turn basis and all eyes are focused on this nuclear plant in fukushima prefecture where staff are struggling to cool the reactors. >>> the rescue process is getting into full swing with rescue c
, as you can tell. this is the town in the area called miyagi of japan when the tsunami hit. close to 70,000 people live in that town. the images of the earthquake and tsunami in japan are mesmerizing and horrifying at the same time. nbc's lester holt shows us this disaster and remarkable moments of survival as it unfolded. >> reporter: in the hardest hit corner of japan, survival. in the middle of so much destruction and loss, hope. a group of kindergarteners rescued, stranded aboard a boat, now back on land. treating their injuries on the spot. today growing worries about those who hadn't been found, lists of evacuees were posted at local shelters. >> translator: my husband hasn't come here yet. he left home a little later than me. our house was swept away. >> reporter: on the roof of one hospital, the staff used towels and sheets to spell out a simple desperate plea. 300 people, help. elsewhere, a young woman says she's glad to be alive. >> translator: we are all right. i'm relieved that my baby was not harmed. >> the american red cross is hoping the devastation half a world away will
. japanese please say they've recovered another 1,000 bodies that washed ashore along the miyagi coast, rising a mounting death toll that is believed to be above 10,000, nbc's kristen dahlgren joins us from tokyo with more. >> reporter: there have been more than 300 aftershocks registered here there were new warnings today. and now growing concerns over the possibility of a nuclear accident. with heavy equipment, and bare hands, rescue workers continue the desperate search for survivors. but virtually every piece of debris that's moved away reveals an increasingly grim scene. erp terp my relatives and friends are missing after the tsunami destroyed the village. they were all washed away. >> reporter: in one area, reports of some 2,000 bodies found. the unofficial count, more than 10,000 still missing. and for survivors of the quake, surviving the aftermath is proving just as challenging. as temperatures dip below freezing, there is no food, no water, no electricity, not even gas to make it to safety. the sirens still sound as aftershocks and more tsunami warnings bring fresh panic. and
, to resolve that. elsewhere in miyagi prefecture, around sendai, the city that seems worst hit, there's a very large fire that's been burning throughout the night. several square kilometers in a built-up area. >> i don't know if this makes you very lungy or unlucky but -- lucky or unlucky but you don't need me to remind you you were in the asian tsunami of 2004. can you give us a sense of what that's like? >> unless you experience a tsunami it's impossible to imagine the poush -- power of the water. it's not the height -- 10 meters in this case -- it's the speed and the weight and pressure as it bears down on you and hits up. i remember from the south asian tsunami cars being thrown up into trees fanned buildings falling over. in this one we've seen the power of that from aerial pictures, cars and boats and houses being swept along in the sea, eating up the land at a very terrifying pace. it's not something you can run away from. when it hits you, you have to make sure you are lucky and you are the -- hope that you are the one that survives. >> the earthquake was 8,000 times more powerful than
in the town of minami sanriku. 166,000 in the prefecture of miyagi. 285,000 in the whole affected areas. that is just one indication of how serious the situation remains reporting live from minami sanriku. >> sdf helicopters arriving there for rescue work, but you can see snow was still there and the situation still continued to be very see veer for the survivors doctor -- se is veer for the survivors and up next is the weather forecast wisakiochi. we are looking at conditions across japan this morning and it is looking a lot warmer. milder weather is set to move in as that cold air mass pulls away for much of the country by tonight. that's good news. high pressure is moving in instead and we will be seeing some sunny skies. precipitation wise, too, finally a little snow lingering in the northwest flank here this morning, but that is short lived. it is now headed out and then we will see really dry and clear conditions across much of the country today. winds too are showing signs of easing. so that also will help to bring in milder túe
. >>> miyagi prefecture was mitt hard. this footage of the port taken wednesday morning shows the devastation caused by the double natural disaster. boths were swept inland and lined debris where
-hit prefectures of miyagi, i watta, and fukushima, that border the tsunami. people are taking refuge at shelters. many of the evacuees are suffering from shortages of food, water, and other essentials. we have chief cabinet secretary yukio edano way news conference now. >> translator: thanks for waiting. there is a cabinet meeting. i'd like to report to you the outcome. there are two general issues. one issuance of low and personal changes. starting today we are going to have a meeting for the support of the people in the evacuation shelters. the activities of the meeting, in order to have a smooth operation, we have decided to establish a meeting, a liaison meeting to support evacuatees. we will have close contact and confirm and follow up all issues that are necessary to support the victims. mr. matsumoto is the head. mr. katayama, mr. sengoku, mr. hirano are the members of the special meeting. they will serve as the vice chairmen. and the deputy ministers of different departments have attended this meeting. and every other day starting today from noon the meeting will be held. and if you have
. he was found in the miyagi prefecture. >>> we mentioned the final impact. this is part of a story that continues to evolve financially around the world. >> lots of moves being made today. we want to bring in scott bud n budman. we're starting to see those effects here. >> companies here at home realizing that the japanese market is going to be uncertain and going through uphooefl alup. concerns about shipping, supply chains, digging in and bringing u.s. stocks down. even apple previously immune to all things recession realitied says it will delay planned production of the ipad 2 in the japanese market. it was scheduled for release on the 25th of this month. apple shares down about 2.5% today on the news. more news from the auto industry. one day after announcing plans to shut down production in japan, toyota along with sub rue say they'll scale down production at their american plants as well. the concern is how quickly they can get parts from japan to the american dealerships. japan, the largest supplier of silicon, which the chips are made from that make all these devices. toni
days after the quake. one of the places hardest hit by the tsunami is the coastal port of miyagi co. our correspondent returned to the town to see how it has coped now that the flood waters have receded. >> it is hard to believe it now, the way these waters rose, devouring all they saw. a week ago a giant wave was racing toward the shore. it swamped octobermiyako's -- defenses.ped miyako's she was standing on the fourth floor of the city hall, watching. the tsunami rose exactly half an hour after the earthquake struck. all of the water was sucked out just before the tsunami hit. i could see the sand on the bottom of the river bed. -- river boat. >> that but now lies crushed. at least 1000 died here, adding to this nation's mounting losses. what you can see that many of the houses here were built of wood, and have been wiped out. the high street is just this way. >> even now, many people are still coming to pick up what is left of their lives. when she heard the siren, she ran home to save her father. they lost each other in the waves. >> everything was being swept towards me. i knew
never heard of miyagi, that district in japan now so synonymous with pain and loss. but taylor anderson knew it in better days. the girl from richmond, virginia, had made it her home. >> she loved it. she loved the culture. she loved the people. she loved teaching japanese children. she was living her dream. >> reporter: but taylor taught more than english. she taught compassion in full measure. when the earthquake struck, she helped get children out. but the time she needed to save herself was gone. it took rescuers days to reach that area, to begin picking through the grim jigsaw puzzle of debris. it seemed hopeless. and yet nine days in, a 16-year-old boy was found clinging to a roof, exhausted and cold, but alive. he had saved his 80-year-old grandmother too after finding the refrigerator stocked with yogurt and coke. [ speaking foreign language ] we always knew there was something special about him, said his father. special indeed. and for a time, it seemed that taylor was part of that special group. in fact her parents got a call that she too had been found. it was a mistake. tayl
engulfed several cities in miyagi. the tsunami has struck the area, obviously engulfing farms, homes, alongside the river. in sendai city this is in miyagi. >> the only video impact 9/11 video people jumping out of windows to certain deaths and other horrors. when i saw that your head snaps back. how did you feel? i didn't remember how you felt the first time you saw that. >> i feel the same way right now that i did the first time i saw it. it gives me chills. because there is no escaping this giant -- it's not a wave, it is a wall of water. and i see all the physical destruction. you see homes and cars. and then you think about the lives that are being lost as we watch this giant wall of water. >> bill: now to the japanese credit they have and they use a very effective tsunami warning. so most people got out, which is why the death toll is going to be somewhere between 10 and 20,000 rather than the 200,000 in the asian tsunami where there were no warnings and people just came in. >> bill: then i also think about the -- i say still in the north, a million and a half people that are w
in miyagi, japan, believed to be the first american victim, the first known one of the quake and tsunami. they estimate miyagi prefecture lost 15,000 people. >>> nbc's lee cowan is live now in seoul, south of korea. what's the story now? what's the situation with fear and whether it is dissipating in that region? >> reporter: i think there is still a lot of fear, it depends on where you are. if you are talking in the north, you are still focused so much on the search and rescue effort. it is still officially search and rescue. they go through the rebel with sticks trying their best to find anybody. there have been some people found alive recently. that number is dwindling pretty fast. the estimated number of dead now confirmed is almost 9,000. some 13,000 people are still missing. some 300,000 people are living in shelters. food and water are scarce. fuel is eve mon more scarce tha that. the teacher who was there, just returned to oregon. he described what he saw that day. take a listen. >> i watched the wave pick up cars and throw them into buildings. and flood into the town and lift wh
that must -- miyagi prefek tur? that's the city? yes, that's the city. the county that you're looking at right now. it's shocking to see that. obviously this tsunami wave has not just struck. it struck with fury. it is not stopped. it's moving rapidly. and as you can see, this is not an abandoned area. there are cars in this picture. look at that. it's like a street in your town, a regular road. and this wave, this massive, massive wave that is just pushing through homes, throu through -- let's go back to that video. because that video is just unbelievable. john, can you cue that video back up? okay. it was a live feed. we're not able to go back to it. when we can, we'll bring it back to you. but that video is going to give you an idea of just how dramatic this quake is. and was. and continues to be. especially because it has triggered a tsunami. obviously in a populated area. what was really, really hit you over the head from that video is that this is not stopping. this isn't the aftereffects. this is a replay of it from just moments ago. you can see homes. it looks like structures,
part of japan, miyagi prefecture. we have correspondents there, of course, following the original news out of japan on march 11th. traveling in the region very near the epicenter of this last quake. we'll be joined in moments by our cnn correspondent in japan. >>> rebel forces in libya are advancing on two key cities. moammar gadhafi's forces have retired from ras lanuf and brega. nato has okayed taking over the libya operation in two or three days. loet's talk more about libya with gordon chang, a columnist with forbes.com and the author of nuclear showdown north korea takes on the world. before we speak about libya, let's talk about japan quickly. i said, how much more can they take. of course, this happened very near fukushima. that plant can't take more rattling. that's where this is significant, gordon. >> well, it certainly is, because the fukushima plant, you know, just goes from bad to worse. it seems like the operators there are not in control, and that what we are having are all of these bad news, one right after the other, and there's going to be much more in the way of radi
major damage in coastal regions, other than the above, that than the miyagi pr pre-fecture. high tide and tsunami arrival time they're watching carefully, but dominic, that is, you know, at least some good news that they're looking ahead and trying to figure out how this thing might come in. the now, the big question as you've just pointed out, how fast can any travel and most people get in the previous affected areas. >> reporter: in the hardest hit areas, probably a guesstimate and heaven forbid there is another tsunami because those in the direct line of that will probably get caught and you know, even as you were saying there is an increase in sea level, and sea activity, anything that was on the damaged already is actually going to feel the extent. it may not be wide scale destruction, but likely to be an impact of the higher sea level on anything that's loose and already damaged right on that coast line as well. so this is going to compound the situation anywhere near that, suffered some form of damage and passing by the first tsunami at that we had back, back 16 days ago. ther
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